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VIDEO: Tennis Player Refuses to Shake Hands With CoCo Vandeweghe, Puts Up Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Published 04/06/2022, 11:05 PM EDT

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It has been a dramatic beginning to the 2022 season. Earlier this year, Rafael Nadal stunned one and all by putting up a great fightback to win the Australian Open title. Last month, the then World Number 1, Ashleigh Barty, announced her shock retirement from tennis. Further, Iga Swiatek went on to become only the fourth woman to win the ‘Sunshine Double’. Recently, another dramatic moment took place involving CoCo Vandeweghe.

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The former World Number 9 was up against Anastasia Gasanova in the opening round of the Charleston Open. The American star prevailed over her opponent in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in just under two and a half hours. However, the joy of her victory was marred by an incident after winning the match point.


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Anastasia Gasanova refuses to shake hands with CoCo Vandeweghe

After their match, the two players approached the net. CoCo Vandeweghe raised her racquet to acknowledge the effort of her opponent and was hoping for a shake of the hands. However, visibly disappointed, Anastasia Gasanova refused to shake hands with CoCo and directly approached her kitbag.

It was another case of unsportsmanlike behavior, after the many, we have had so far in this season. At the Acapulco Open in Mexico, Alexander Zverev smashed his racket at the chair of the umpire. Moreover, he was close to injuring the umpire due to his outburst. Zverev was later disqualified from that tournament and received a fine and ranking points penalty for his controversy.


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Moreover, Nick Kyrgios was involved in another controversial moment. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Australian smashed his racket so hard on the court that it bounced off and came close to hitting the ball boy. Although emotions flow high when playing a sport at the highest level, these actions are unacceptable.

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Nonetheless, CoCo Vandeweghe should be proud of her performance despite an unusual ending to her Round-of-64 match.


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Earlier today, she overcame her compatriot, Lauren Davis, in the second round. She’ll face the sixth seed, Jessica Pegula, in the Round-of-16 clash of the Charleston Open.

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Written by:

Vatsal Shah


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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.
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Niranjan Deodhar